French Minister 'Disgusted' by Yellow Vest Attacks

Elias Hubbard
February 11, 2019

Several luxury sports auto owners are counting the cost of Saturday's chaotic Yellow Vest protests in Paris after their pricey vehicles were targeted and torched by angry demonstrators.

PARIS-A French yellow vest protester's hand was ripped apart on February 9, during violent clashes in Paris as demonstrators tried to storm the French National Assembly in a 13th consecutive week of unrest.

A yellow vest protester was severely injured on Saturday in the streets of Paris, as police shot teargas at protesters who were trying to knock down a barrier at the French parliament.

Paris police confirmed that a demonstrator injured in the hand been treated by paramedics, but did not elaborate.

The serious hand injury was sustained during violent clashes with cops on the streets of Paris today in the 13th consecutive week of demonstrations.

Interior ministry figures issued at 2pm put the turnout across France at 12,100, of whom 4,000 marched in Paris, down on the previous week's figures.

In December, Mr Macron said he was "partly responsible" for an "insufficient response" to the protests that have rocked the country every Saturday.

"A Right-wing group of Yellow Vests attacked a Left-wing one, and the result was carnage", one protester who witnessed the confrontation told reporters, according to the Daily Mail Sunday. "These attacks are intolerable", Castaner said.

In Paris, 36 demonstrators were arrested.

French President Emmanuel Macron - the target of many demonstrators' anger - seems to be clawing back support from the public as he tries to address the movement's anger with a national political debate on economic injustice.

But a YouGov poll of 1,037 people issued on Thursday suggested that almost two out of three people in France (64 per cent) still support the movement.

He said more than 60 MPs have received threats or had homes or offices vandalised since the start of the revolt in November, an unprecedented number in post-war France.

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